The G20 summit in Russia is officially underway, and it's being dubbed an international showdown. Although G20 summit typically focuses on the global economy, this year's event is being dominated by the potential U.S. strike in Syria. Tensions between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have mounted over possible military action, and tensions don't appear to be easing any time soon. In recent days, Putin has voiced opposition about US military action in Syria, at the same time that President Obama has been attempting to make the case for war.
At a stopover in Sweden on his way to the G20, President Obama admitted that US relations with Russia have “hit a wall.” At the same time that the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee was approving a war resolution, President Putin appeared to be issuing thinly veiled threats about Russia's response. In an interview on Wednesday, Putin said, “If we see that steps are taken that violate the existing international norms, we shall think how we should act in the future, in particular regarding supplies of such sensitive weapons to certain regions of the world.” Some experts believe that Putin was referring to the possibility of supplying Iran with surface-to-air missiles that the US and Israel oppose.
The threat adds even more tension to relations between Putin and Obama, especially since Iran's military chief said they will back Syrian president Assad “to the end.” As President Obama tries to make the case to Russia and to the international community at the G20 summit for military intervention in Syria, many Americans are making the case against it to lawmakers here at home. The majority of people in our nation don't want to get involved in this complicated and dangerous scenario, and they are begging their elected leaders to pull us back from the edge of a potential world war.
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